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Craig Thompson, Adrian Tomine, Kate Beaton & many more @ Brooklyn Book Festival

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Start Time: 10:00AM    End Time: 06:00PM

On Sunday, September 18, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., more than 220 top national and international authors will join literary organizations, booksellers and bibliophiles at Brooklyn Borough Hall (209 Joralemon Street) and plaza for the sixth annual Brooklyn Book Festival. The festival presents an array of literary stars and emerging authors representing the exciting world of literature today. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart, diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages. Additionally, 30 expanded “Bookend” literary-themed events will take place September 15 – 18 in clubs, bookstores, theaters and libraries across the borough.

This year, comic-book creators will be featured throughout the Festival in a unique programming design. Artists will join novelists and journalists on diverse panels, respecting comics as an innovative medium across genres, sparking dialogue, and reaching audience members new to the form. Plus a special band of comics-centered panels on the St. Francis indoor stage will include screen projections. These events will be must-see for the comics community. Although we know comics aren’t just for kids, they won’t be left out, either. On the Youth Stoop, artists will battle in a draw-off, and young adults can participate in a workshop to develop their own strips.

The 2011 Brooklyn Book Festival is presented by Brooklyn Tourism and the Brooklyn Literary Council, initiatives of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. Major partners include St. Francis College and NYC Department of Parks & Recreation. Major sponsors include AT&T and Target, with additional support from Astoria Federal Savings, Boarshead Brand, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Citi, Con Edison, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, NYC & Company Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts. The New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge is the official hotel. Media Partners include ABC, The New York Times and Time Out New York/Time Out New York Kids.

Cultural and programming partners are BAM, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Public Library, Cave Canem, The Center for Fiction, Housing Works Bookstore Café, The Nation, the National Book Foundation, The New York Review of Books, PEN American Center, Poetry Society of America and St. Francis College.

All Programs Subject to Change


Fact, Memory and the Evolution of a Story. Three NYC writers, David Rakoff (Half Empty), Sigrid Nunez (Sempre Susan) and Adrian Tomine (Scenes from and Impending Marriage) reflect on the context that inspires their work. 1 P.M. BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY MAIN HALL (128 Pierrepont Street)

Kickstarter Conversations: A Symposium on Creative Ideas. A panel of Kickstarter project creators including Ted Rall, Nelson George and Meaghan O’Connell discuss their endeavors with an emphasis on the experiences of the authors, as well as what creating in public means for the writing process, and how the emergence of new technology impacts publishing. Moderated by Yancey Strickler, co-founder, Kickstarter. 4 P.M. NORTH STAGE (Borough Hall Plaza/Columbus Park)
Media Representations and Reality. The debate continues over whether the media reflects reality or has a hand in shaping it.  Like Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, the act of presenting the news can very often alter it.  No one knows this better than Brooke Gladstone of "On the Media," whose new book The Influencing Machine illustrated by Josh Neufeld examines the role of the media in American society. Patrice Evans, (Negropedia), examines media representations of African-Americans, and Jennifer Pozner (Reality Bites Back) looks at the completely unreal world of reality television. Moderated by Juan Gonzalez (Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America). 5 P.M. BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY MAIN HALL (128 Pierrepont Street)


Notes From Underground. Susan Choi (A Person of Interest), Jonathan Dee (The Privileges) and Anders Nilsen (Big Questions) read from their books and discuss themes of individual alienation and existential dilemmas.  Moderated by Donald Breckenridge. 10:00 A.M. BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY MAIN HALL (128 Pierrepont Street). FEATURING PROJECTION BY ANDERS NILSEN.

The Heart of the Matter: Stories of Epic Love. Authors Alan Cheuse (Song of Slaves in the Desert), Julie Orringer (The Invisible Bridge), and Craig Thompson (Habibi) discuss stories that span generations, characters who defy class, struggle between freedom and slavery, and who face impossible odds, but are ultimately motivated by the boundlessness of love. 12 P.M. ST. FRANCIS VOLPE LIBRARY (180 Remsen Street)

The Phantom Tollbooth at 50. From the fantastic imagination of Norton Juster and the unforgettable sketch of Jules Feiffer, the classic children’s story The Phantom Tollbooth was created 50 years ago in Brooklyn Heights. Join the famed author/ illustrator pair in a conversation with Leonard Marcus (Golden Legacy: How Golden Books Won Children's Hearts, Changed Publishing Forever, and Became an American Icon Along the Way). 12 P.M. ST. FRANCIS AUDITORIUM (180 Remsen Street) – Tickets required


Funny Ha-Ha: Comedy in Comics. Join and laugh with four artists of comics that are surreal, political, and hilarious: Eisner-nominated and cult-favorite Michael Kupperman (Mark Twain’s Autobiography: 1910-2010); Harvey, Glyph, and Inkpot Award-winning Keith Knight (The Knight Life: Chivalry Ain’t Dead); web-comics phenomenon Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant); and newcomer Jennifer Hayden (Underwire). Moderated by Heidi MacDonald of The Beat and Publishers Weekly Comics World. 1 P.M. ST. FRANCIS SCREENING ROOM (180 Remsen Street). FEATURING PROJECTION BY ARTISTS.

Comics Writ Large and Small. Three of the most exciting artists working in the comics medium today—who work on canvases both epic and poetic—will discuss their craft and the artistry of long and short form graphic stories. Harvey, Ignatz, and Eisner-award winner Craig Thompson’s much-anticipated Habibi is a 672-page quest of spiritualism and love. Ignatz winner Anders Nilsen’s 658-page Big Questions weaves together surreal tales the artist released as shorter works over many years, and Harvey award-winner Adrian Tomine’s Optic Nerve series, with #12 newly released, typifies the concision of his storytelling—also loved by many in New Yorker covers and strips that offer a thousand words in a few quiet frames. 3 P.M. ST. FRANCIS AUDITORIUM (180 Remsen Street). FEATURING PROJECTION BY ARTISTS. Tickets required

Drawing a Life. How do you draw someone else’s memories? Eisner-nominated Dean Haspiel (Cuba: My Revolution) illustrated the memoir of revolutionary turned refugee Inverna Lockpez, Pulitzer nominee Lauren Redniss (Radioactive: A Tale of Love and Fallout) blends research and imagination in a haunting portrait of Marie Curie and rising star artist GB Tran (Vietnamerica: A Family’s Journey) turns to his own family’s history to portray a war-torn, transnational generation. Moderated by Hillary Chute, author of Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics. 4 P.M. ST. FRANCIS SCREENING ROOM (180 Remsen Street). FEATURING PROJECTION BY ARTISTS.

Tattoo/Art. David Shrigley (The Essential David Shrigley). Word is that artist/author David Shrigley will be drawing some temp tattoos on audience members! 5 P.M. NORTH STAGE (Borough Hall Plaza/Columbus Park)

YOUTH STOOP (Borough Hall Plaza/Columbus Park)

Comics Quick-Draw! Three comic artists face off in this fast-paced contest. Drawing (literally!) from audience suggestions, NYT best-selling and ALA-notable book author/illustrator Raina Telgemeier (Smile), best-selling author/illustrator Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy ), and rising star author/illustrator Laura Lee Gulledge (Page by Paige) will battle with pen and pad. And, everybody wins: finished art will be gifted to some of the lucky young people in attendance! Moderated by Calvin Reid, editor of Publishers Weekly Comics World. 11 A.M. (Borough Hall Plaza/Columbus Park)
Reimagining History. National Book Award winner and New York Times Bestselling author Judy Blundell (What I saw and How I lied, and Strings Attached), Coretta Scott King Award Winners, Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon (Zora and Me), and best-selling author Nick Bertozzi (Lewis and Clark ) discuss what it takes to tap into and re-imagine unforgettable characters that bring us mystery and adventure wrapped in emotional and timeless settings. Moderated by Zetta Elliott, author of the novel A Wish After Midnight. 1 P.M. (Borough Hall Plaza/Columbus Park)

Epic Adventures: Have you ever wanted to travel to the other side of the world to experience new places, really learn about other cultures, and maybe find out more about yourself in the process? Join graphic novelists Sarah Glidden (How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less), and author/illustrator team Casey Scieszka and Steven Weinberg (To Timbuktu : Nine Countries, Two People, One True Story), as they take you on two powerful journeys that really show what is like to be entirely somewhere else. Moderated by Gavin Grant, co-editor of Steampunk!: An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories. 5 P.M. (Borough Hall Plaza/Columbus Park)

Turn Your Life into a Comic. Raina Telgemeier, author of the graphic novel memoir Smile, shows how everyday moments of your life can be made into a comic strip! Kids will start by making a list of events that will be adapted into comic panels, and everyone will create a one-page comic to take home.  3 P.M. Borough President's Conference Room, 1st Floor (209 Joralemon Street)

Craig Thompson in Conversation
WORD presents an evening with graphic novelist Craig Thompson (Blankets). Starting with a cocktail party, the informal evening unfolds with a presentation, interview and Q&A. Advance tickets recommended; attendance limited to 50; attendees receive a copy of Thompson’s latest book, Habibi.
Location: WORD, 126 Franklin Street
Time: 8:00 pm
Price: $40.00 (includes book, drinks and hors d’oeuvres)
Website: www.wordbrooklyn.com


Brooklyn Borough Hall

209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11209

More Info: http://www.brooklynbookfestival.org

This event was submitted by CBR.